Hearing First’s Audiology division is lead by Jason Levy. Jason has over 14 years of experience in the hearing industry, and has worked in the NHS and the private hearing aid market. Our philosophy is to put your hearing first – we’re passionate about providing the latest, high technology hearing solutions to help you get the most out of your hearing. We believe in the motto “Hear Better, Live Better”. However, hearing aids are only one part of the equation…
Over the years as technology has progressed, hearing aids have become more and more advanced. In response, Audiology as a profession has become more and more scientific, but in real life people aren’t just a bunch of numbers described by their audiogram. Just as some people like classical music, others like jazz, or pop or rock music. Some people will listen to music very softly, while others prefer to turn their stereo up to full volume. Similarly, it is a given that any qualified hearing aid audiologist should be able to perform a hearing test and adjust your hearing aids to the prescription (fitting) formula – that is the Science of Audiology. But there are at least five prescription formulae in common usage and all of them are different, yet have research backing their use. For instance, one formula aims to “restore natural loudness growth, so that soft sounds are soft but audible, and loud sounds are loud but comfortable”, while another formula emphasises certain speech sounds over others. The result of this is that some fitting formulae sound more sharp and crisp, while others sound more smooth and rounded… some will sound louder and others softer. Finding the right formula for you and making the right fine tuning adjustments is the Art of Audiology, and this comes down to us listening to you, assessing your needs, making adjustments and verifying that you are getting the right balance of comfort and clarity.
Just like there are many different fitting formulae, there are at least nine hearing aid manufacturers that are active in the UK market. The aim of all hearing aid manufacturers is to improve your ability to hear speech, but they all do it in a different way and they all sound slightly different. Every year, manufacturers bring out new hearing aids to improve your ability to hear in background noise, reduce listening fatigue, make music sound better, allow you to stream sound from your iPhone® or iPad®, or even combine hearing aids with your glasses.
Which manufacturer and model is the best for your needs will depend on your lifestyle requirements and your personal priorities, as well as your previous experience (if any) with hearing aids. Some manufacturers specialise in certain niches (for example, spectacle hearing aids or Made for iPhone® hearing aids), or work particularly well with tinnitus. As manufacturers improve their own technology, the best hearing aid manufacturer or model for a particular need will change over time. What makes us different from most High Street retailers is that we are not part-owned by any manufacturer and can provide you with the best hearing aid for your needs, regardless of manufacturer or model.
Our aim is to offer you total hearing care, so not only do we provide the best hearing aid technology, we are also specialists in tinnitus treatment and in microsuction ear wax removal. We believe that keeping your ears healthy will enable you to get the most out of your hearing aids.
Our passion, in line with our “Hear Better, Live Better” philosophy, is to help you get the most out of your hearing. We do this by staying up to date with the latest and best hearing aid technology and providing you with Total Hearing Care. All of our Audiologists have been hand picked because they have this passion to help you to hear better and live better, and they are all trained and certified in microsuction ear wax removal, and keep up to date with all the major manufacturers latest models.